Thursday, April 6, 2017

Day Twenty-one - Fixing our Minds on Christ

Thanks for joining me through our daily devotion through Colossians. Today we are closing Chapter 3 and inching into chapter 4. 

“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism. Masters, supply your slaves with what is right and fair, since you know that you too have a Master in heaven.” 

Colossians 3:23-4:1

There are a couple of really nice key points that I want to talk through with you today. 

Serving the Lord and Not Man

First, we are to serve the Lord and do everything enthusiastically as if we're serving the Lord and not men. One significant benefit this provides is that it removes our emotions from the situation. It keeps our hearts and our minds fixed on Christ. It takes away all of the fray that sometimes just makes us nuts. We don't have to worry about what the guy in the next cubicle thinks or what our mother-in-law thinks.  And that friend on Facebook who presents a perfect life - we don't even have to worry about what she's thinking. 

When we do everything that we do enthusiastically as if for the Lord and not for men we finally can stop comparing ourselves to others. We can walk the path that the Lord has for us. We can follow in His footsteps at His pace and know that we are not in competition. We are not racing anyone else. We are moving at the Lord speed. I hope you'll rest in that today.

Today's Challenges

My first challenge for you today is it to do exactly what the Word says and work enthusiastically for the Lord.  Really, the challenge is this: stop comparing yourself to others. So, maybe that's your first step today and maybe it's just with one person.  Maybe there is one personality in your life who has a little bitty hold on you. Let go of it. Even if it's just for this hour and then do it again in the next hour and then again in the next hour after that. Practice not comparing yourself to others.   

God's Favorites

Remember that the Lord is not a respecter of persons. He has no favorites. He does not have a favorite Christian. He does not have a favorite child. 

Another way to look at that is that you are his favorite. I'm his favorite. We're all his favorites. 

That's a beautiful thing. Enjoy that today and walk as if you’re the Lord's favorite child and see how that affects your mood and your attitude and what it is that you can do for Him. 

I bet it makes you bolder. I bet it makes you more willing and able to step out in faith just knowing that you've already got his favor. He's got your back. He’s already gone before you. You are highly favored in the lord my dear one.

Have a beautiful day today. I pray that you are strengthened by God's Word and I pray that you'll come back and meet me tomorrow as we fix our minds on Christ.

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